Gray’s Reef to host MATE ROV competition

The Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will host the Southeast Regional MATE ROV completion on Saturday, April 30, at the Chatham County Aquatic Center on Sally Mood Drive.

The theme of this year’s event is “ROV Encounters in Inner and Outer Space – NASA’s mission from the Gulf of Mexico to Jupiter’s moon Europa.”

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The primary mission of the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is to provide the marine technical workforce with appropriately educated workers and to use marine technology to create interest in and improve STEM education.

The participating teams are typically students from middle school through college. There are four classes of competition, the winner of the RANGER-class (intermediate competition aimed at middle and high school teams) will move up to the MATE International Competition at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Organizer Jody Patterson is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Contact her at 598-2431.


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